Call it a miracle or an act of luck – either way, one Florida State University student who witnessed Thursday’s shooting says a theology book saved his life.
“You want him home. You just want him home.”
Linda and Donald Derfuss got the call every parent dreads:
“Dad, dad a guy just shot somebody outside Strozier Library.”
Their son Jason Derfuss, is a senior at FSU. A graduate of Orangewood Christian caught in the gunfire.
“As I walked down the stairs of Strozier, I heard what was unmistakably behind me, a gunshot,” says Jason.
Jason had just checked out three books from the library – when the gunman opened fire.
He says he saw a fellow student gunned down just 50 feet away from him.
“My body was kind of in shock. I didn’t know what to do.”
Jason made it home.
It was then he truly knew how close that gunshot he heard behind him was.
“Two of the books that I checked out had bullet holes in them.”
And in the third book – ironically for his religious theology class – the bullet.
“I know God’s watching out for me. There’s really no other way to explain it.”
“I have a whole new light on Thanksgiving this year being thankful for the fact that he’s….he’s alive,” says Linda.